Presidential counselor: Yemeni government upholds its right in controlling Hodeidah and its port

Presidential counselor: Yemeni government upholds its right in controlling Hodeidah and its port

The Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi counselor, Yassin Makkawi, said on Saturday that the government is committed to controlling the city of Hodeidah (Western) and its port, and the talk about its third-party control is unrealistic.

The US State Department called for the handover of Hodeidah port to a party it described as "neutral" just before UN envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Hodeidah.

Makkawi stressed that the legitimate Government had not yet received a clear confirmation of the date of the start of the peace consultations in Sweden.

The Saudi newspaper Okaz quoted Makkawi as saying: Griffith said the militia agreed to go to peace consultations but heading back to Sanaa shows the opposite and confirms that he seeks to satisfy Houthis to accept the return to peace, especially under their refusal. "

He stressed that Houthis were continuing the war and the decision to stop it not in their hands but with Iran.

"We are adhering to the three terms of reference and handing over the province of Hodeidah and its port to the legitimate government," Makkawi added, saying the handover of the port to a third party is "unrealistic."

"How can the port be neutral, and the Houthis stand a few meters away from it, while the government forces surround the city and control its outskirts?" he asked.

"A large part of the Hodeidah is under the control of our forces and the decision to extradite the entire province is in the hands of the legitimate government," he said, surprising from the cessation of military operations, and demanded that government forces complete their tasks and liberate the entire city of Hodeidah, saying: "It is wrong to accept the pressure of the international society.


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